Container tonnage at the Port of Houston Authority rose 10 percent year-over-year in May and 9 percent year-to-date, totaling 8 million tons, according to Len Waterworth, the port authority’s executive director, who made the announcement at a port commission meeting.
Waterworth also reported that operating revenue was a record $20 million in May, increasing 4 percent or $800,000 compared with the same month last year, while operating revenue from January to May was $96 million, reflecting a 5 percent or $4 million increase. The year-to-date operating revenue gain was fueled by the container traffic growth, Waterworth said.
From January to May, the port authority recorded $21 million in net income, jumping 34 percent or $5 million versus the same period in the previous year.
In addition, total tonnage at Port of Houston Authority facilities in May was 3 million tons, up 10 percent year-over-year, led by container gains at Barbours Cut in particular, Waterworth said. Total tonnage in the first five months of 2013 was 15 million tons, improving 3 percent.